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KALI ADORED BY THE GODS

KALI ADORED BY THE GODS

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Bengal, India, mid-19th Century

Opaque pigment on paper heightened with gold

Image 21 1/8 x 26 in. (53.7 x 66 cm.) Folio 23 1/8 x 27 7/8 in. (58.6 x 71 cm.)

This striking image depicts the goddess Kali, in her four-armed form striding across the prostrate body of Lord Shiva, who himself reclines on an elaborate bed of lotus petals. Kali holds a sacred blade in her upper left hand and the severed head of a human in her lower left; her head surrounded by an elaborate starburst nimbus. Kali’s vahana, the lion, lies in the foreground surrounded by piles of severed human heads which are being eaten by jackals. To the right, priests and a musician stand in adoration, the priests’ hands raised in prayer. To the left, the Gods themselves also raise their hands in adoration. Trees flank the entire scene, their branches forming an archway overhead. The foliage is filled with birds of several varieties whilst two squirrels climb the tree trunks. In the background beyond the blood red fields, two lines of trees cross the undulating hills and stretch along the horizon.


The image of Kali in a cremation ground striding across her consort is one that appears in sculpture throughout India from an early period. In the 19th century it was particularly popular as a subject in Bengali paintings especially in Kolkata, the city of Kali. By the late 19th century the most common form of painting in the region was the Kalighat pat, originally produced in large numbers for sale to visiting pilgrims on the ghats outside the Kali temple. The current painting, however, is a far more complex painting, both in terms of composition, the manner of paint application and the level of final detailing. Several elements of the painting reflect the increasing influence of British and Western prints and illustrations on the local ateliers of Bengal.

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